Sue Harlow

Partner - Head of Family & Divorce Department

“Thank you so much for your hard work, kindness, insight and tenacity - you truly are an asset to your profession.”



Family & Divorce Law

Sue studied law at Newcastle University and started her legal career at a city firm before joining Hanne & Co.  She became a partner in 1982 and since then has spearheaded and developed the strong and well-regarded family department at Hanne & Co. She is a member of Hanne & Co Solicitors LLP and is Head of the Family Law department.

Sue has extensive experience, having practised family & divorce law exclusively for over 30 years. Having covered all aspects of family law during her career she now specialises in matrimonial finance and has a smaller caseload of complex children cases.

Sue has a particular interest and a breadth of experience in complex and unusual cases. Her work often involves forensic work locating undisclosed or hidden assets, third party interests and confiscation cases where she has acted for the spouse of a convicted party in a number of high profile cases in the past few years.

She has an additional interest in conflict of law cases involving the legitimacy and recognition of foreign marriages and divorces including customary marriages and Talaq divorces.

Sue is a Resolution trained mediator and has a strong belief that successful divorce settlements are those negotiated by the parties themselves with some assistance from legal experts – being most likely to lead to cohesive family relationships going forwards. Her approach is straightforward and proactive.

However there are instances where court proceedings are inevitable and Sue is a highly experienced and thorough litigator understanding that cases that are well prepared and where there is complete transparency between the parties are those most likely to result in the best outcomes for her client.

Sue is a member of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel and she has also worked for a period for the Legal Services Commission as a peer reviewer.

Sue is a training partner at Hanne & Co and enjoys the  rewards that come with recruiting and training young solicitors in family law. Outside work she enjoys spending time with her family but also skiing, scuba diving and travelling.

Further testimonials

 ‘Sue is a highly experienced family solicitor who provides a first rate service to clients without charging the earth! She is an excellent lawyer who will go the extra mile to get the best results for her clients without being unnecessarily aggressive. She demonstrates huge energy and commitment to her cases and can be trusted to protect her clients’  interests’. 

 ‘May I take this opportunity to thank you for your professionalism, humanity and compassion in what was clearly, for all of us a very challenging case..’

‘Thank you Sue again and again for your patience, for your professionalism and not least your support when I needed it.’

 ‘Your great patience was much appreciated, your lovely approach to people made me feel like a friend rather than a client- that makes the trauma of divorce easier to get through. Thank you again for everything’

‘Many many thanks for looking after me over the past year – this was the soppiest picture of a rottweiler I could find’

Over the period I found Sue to be professional, assured, confident and well prepared dealing with the technical and complex. Sometimes issues were almost forensic. This was complimented by her ability to understand the personal anxiety that a client experiences as the process takes different directions and help with an empathetic approach which was much valued.’

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Notable Cases

  • Abbassi (2006 EWCA CIV 355)
  • Yordanova v Iordanov (2013 EWCA 464)
  • Grimes (2003) 2 FLR 510